ethics en NY Gov. Cuomo Achieves Partial Win on Agenda <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Deals have been reached between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders on siting new casinos and creating tax free zones at college campuses. But a bill on abortion rights was struggling, and reform measures appear dead for the session.&nbsp;</span></p></div><div><p>The agreement on casinos would allow four resort style gambling centers; one in the Capital Region, one in the Southern Tier, and possibly two in the Catskills, if voters approve the change to the state’s constitution in the fall. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:47:52 +0000 Karen DeWitt 67433 at NY Gov. Cuomo Achieves Partial Win on Agenda Ex-NY Sen. Espada gets 5 years in prison <p>NEW YORK (AP) — Former state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud charges.<br><br>Espada was sentenced Friday in Brooklyn.<br><br>The once-influential politician also was convicted in a separate case alleging he looted taxpayer-subsidized health clinics.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:36:57 +0000 Associated Press 67050 at Ex-NY Sen. Espada gets 5 years in prison With One Week To Go in Session, Cuomo Campaigns Across State for Agenda <p>It’s getting down to the wire for major pieces of legislation as the end of session approaches in Albany, including women’s rights and campaign finance reform. There are no agreements yet, but as Karen DeWitt reports, that’s not unusual in a government that operates on last minute deals.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 66908 at Paul Elisha: Change <p></p><p>This Commentator had decided to devote his essay for today to the two documents which have hung above the desk in his work space, since they were awarded to him, by then Governor Mario M. Cuomo, for his participation and help in achieving major ethics legislation in New York State, on August 7<sup>th</sup>, 1987.&nbsp; He was going to note how time and trials had wrought changes, which made these documents less important mementos of prior, experience and would then, perhaps, look forward to another time, for yet another, more important change.&nbsp; This might even surpass what was then achieved, to legislate even more important advances in governmental ethics.&nbsp; Alas, it now appears that this will not occur.</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Paul Elisha 64632 at Board Of Elections Reform Seen As Key In Albany <p>Anti-corruption proposals are proliferating in Albany, following two high-profile bribery scandals. &nbsp;Some of them focus on the long-neglected State Board of Elections, which hasn’t even had an investigator on staff in over a year.</p><p>The State Board of Elections is supposed to make sure that elections run smoothly and that all the rules, including the campaign financing laws, are followed by candidates and their donors.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 62792 at Board Of Elections Reform Seen As Key In Albany Reform groups say Cuomo's plan to empower DA's is a good first step <p>Government reform groups say they are pleased that New York Governor Cuomo has now proposed step one in his plan to clean up corruption in state government, following two high profile arrests of state lawmakers.</p><p>Barbara Bartoletti, with the League of Women Voters, says the governor’s proposal to give the state’s district attorneys more power to investigate and prosecute bribery cases is a good first step toward systematic reform.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:13:39 +0000 Karen DeWitt 61978 at Reform groups say Cuomo's plan to empower DA's is a good first step Cuomo proposes empowering DA's to help fight political corruption <p>New York Governor Cuomo and the state’s district attorneys are pushing for laws to make it easier to prosecute bribery and public corruption cases, in the wake of recent scandals in Albany.</p><p>The bills would make it easier for the state’s DA’s to prosecute cases of bribery, and politicians and others &nbsp;involved in bribery schemes. It would also create a new crime of failure to report bribery. Anyone who does not blow the whistle if they discover potential corruption could be charged with a misdemeanor.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 22:06:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 61834 at Cuomo proposes empowering DA's to help fight political corruption The Book Show #1263 - Randy Cohen <p><em>The New York Times Magazine's</em> original "Ethicist" Randy Cohen helps readers locate their own internal ethical compasses as he delivers answers to life's most challenging dilemmas. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 48390 at The Book Show #1263 - Randy Cohen Bill Mahoney - The New York Public Interest Research Group <p>The latest round of financial disclosure forms from members of the New York State Legislature will be the last, before a new law begins that aims to open up even further the information the public and the press can view about the outside business dealings of state lawmakers. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 16:15:00 +0000 Brian Shields 42705 at NYS Ethics Panel Meets Amid Controversy <p>The head of the state ethics commission, Janet DiFiore, says she has &ldquo;done nothing wrong&rdquo;, after allegations she used her influence as Westchester County DA to obtain welfare benefits for her maid. &nbsp;DiFiore spoke after a lengthy closed door session of the ethics commission.&nbsp; Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports&hellip;</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 11:45:49 +0000 Karen Dewitt 40223 at NYS Ethics Panel Meets Amid Controversy